Clippers after deadline: Blake Griffin's injury scare
DeAndre Jordan was at his irrepressible best after the Clippers' victory and hit another comic gear when he was asked about Blake Griffin's injury scare in the second quarter when he slipped on the damp court and scraped his knee against Minnesota.
"When Blake fell? I got teary-eyed a little bit," he said, joking.
Griffin was dressing in the stall next to Jordan and looked amused.
"He was staying on the ground long so people could be like, 'Wooo!' Then when he got up, the whole crowd went crazy. Oh my goodness."
A couple of us were standing by Jordan and I turned to David Lassen of the Riverside Press-Enterprise and joked about Willis Reed.
"All right, here we go, Willis Reed," Jordan said. "Seriously, I was a little nervous."
Surely Griffin will find a way to get back at him.
Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro on the twin injury scares: Griffin's scraped knee and Eric Gordon's injured finger. The Clippers were saying after the game that Gordon has a torn tendon in his right ring finger.
"You’re concerned with anybody, but especially those guys, how important they are," Del Negro said. "I wasn’t sure what Eric’s situation was at the beginning, and then Blake.
"But those are things you can’t control. It’s part of the game, a physical game. You’ve just got to work through it. Hopefully Eric will be all right. He played well, obviously, in the second half, but we’ll see how he feels out there tomorrow."
Said Gordon: "I hurt the finger while going for a loose ball. It hit directly at my finger. It hurt bad. I thought it was just jammed. It turned out to be worse than that. Even if it's torn, I'm still going to play through it."
Minnesota's Kevin Love, on extending his double-double streak. It is now at 29 straight games.
"I'd rather be on the Clippers' side right now," he said. "I'd rather take the 'W' column stat."